The excavations in the cave are being carried out by a team of nine archaeologists, led by Ayşe Fatma Erol, an instructor at Gazi University’s department of archaeology, and under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Speaking to reporters, Erol said: “Archaeological studies are rather limited in the eastern parts of the Black Sea region. I am pleased to be working on a project that focuses on archeological findings in this region. Our aim is to contribute to further revealing its history and archaeology and make this area one of Turkey’s centers of cultural tourism.”
Erol added that during the excavations archaeologists discovered four coins belonging to the Pontus Kingdom, as well as ceramics and ruins of plastered walls. According to her, the findings suggest the area was also occupied by the Byzantines. The excavations are set to continue for another month.